~ An Adventurous Vacation ~
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"Well, girls, here we are!" Dad announced. My 3 sisters and I peered out the van windows. We had just pulled up into our very own camping site. A small log cabin sat right ahead of us and it was hidden all around by tall fir trees. Mom twisted around in the passenger seat to look at us girls.
"Start packing stuff into the cabin girls." She said, smiling.
"When will we go trail riding?" Thirteen-year-old Sara asked excitedly.
"Tomorrow in the morning. " Dad ruffled his brown hair, making him look like he had just woke up.
"Yippeeee!" Squealed 12-year-old Kim.
"Oh I can hardly wait!!" 15-year-old Eliza, my twin, clapped her hands.
"Me too. " Sara grinned.
"Well, Celia, " Mom began, looking at me. "Aren't you excited?"
"So excited I can't even tell you how excited I am. A trail ride through the mountains... I wonder if we'll see the wild horses you said lived out here?" I asked.
"Oh maybe. I guess we'll find out tomorrow." Replied Mom.
I sat up in bed and rubbed my eyes sleepily. The one room cabin was dark and quiet, except for the sound of my families' steady breathing. I sat very still, listening for the noise I thought I had heard in my dream. Then I heard it. The sound of a horse whinnying far away in the mountains. I smiled and fell back on my pillow.
I gasped in awe at the majestic mount I was going to be riding all day. She was a 6 year old white Arabian. I turned to the young groom who was just finishing up saddling the mare.
"What is her name?" I asked. The groom grinned at me.
"Angelica. But I've nicknamed her Angel. " he said. He was handsome and his blue eyes twinkled at me. He couldn't be more than 19 years old. I blushed.
"Well she's a beauty." I said, trying not to sound so flustered over how handsome the groom was.
"She sure is. " he whistled as he stalked off to the stable. I turned back to the mare and looked into her gorgeous eyes.
"Hi Angel. I'm Celia Januarson. And I like you. " I whispered to her. Angel bobbed her head up and down. I smiled.
"Wow! Quite the view up here isn't it?" Dad remarked. We were having a dinner picnic on top of a mountain.
"It sure is." Mom agreed. Suddenly Dad's phone rang.
"Hello?.... Yes..... No.... Oh I'm sorry ... Okay...... Okay we'll be down as soon as we can ... Yep.. By. " he turned his phone off and shoved it back in his pocket.
"Who was that?" Kim asked.
"The owner of the stables. He says the horses got mixed up and mom and I are riding a rich fellows horses. The rich guy came to the stables and wants his two mares right now. So the stable owner wants us to bring the mares back down to the ranch."
Dad stood up and brushed off his jeans.
"Will the owner get us two stable horses?" Mom asked as she packed up the food into a bag.
"Yep, I guess he just hired a young groom not more than a week ago so it's the kids fault we got the wrong animals. And the rich guy is fuming because his expensive show horses are on top of a mountain. " Dad chuckled.
"So we all have to go back?" I asked in disappointment. I had always wanted to go on a trail ride through the mountains and we had only rode for about 2 hours, instead of all day like we had planned.
Dad looked at Mom.
"I guess the girls don't have to come back with us. They could stay here and ride around the mountain top until we come back. " he said. Mom nodded.
"Sure, Jim. But could you give them your hunting gun? Who knows what kind of wild beasts are out here."
Dad smiled at us girls.
"Do you want to stay here?"
"Oh yes!!" All 4 of us exclaimed.
"Alright," he said handing me the rifle. "Celia, you can shoot the best so you're in charge of my gun. I was hoping to get a big moose or something but I guess that's out of the question right now." he said to me. I took the gun and held it firmly. I was the only girl in the family that was as thrilled about hunting as my Dad was. I had been on several deer hunting trips with him and it had been so fun.
"Okay.. Be safe, don't ride off too far from here. Celia, don't shoot anybody. Always stick together, girls. Eliza, text me if you girls need anything. Sara, please don't ride like your being chased by outlaws. And don't get lost, okay Kim?" Mom rattled off instructions as she hugged each one of us.
"By!!!" "By!!" We all called as Dad and Mom rode away.
"Let's explore this mountain. " Eliza suggested half an hour later. So that's what we did. The mountain was much bigger than I had thought. We were riding around when our horses began to suddenly act strange. They didn't want to go into an area that was thick with trees.
" What's wrong Angel?" I tried to calm my terrified horse. Angel tossed her head.
"Stand still Pearl! Don't rear!!" Sara was trying desperately to keep the palomino under control.
"Destiny is acting strange too." Eliza said from on top of her paint.
"So is Aurora." Kim grumbled as she gripped tightly onto the bay's reigns.
"Let's get out of here. They're really worked up over something. " I said. We turned our horses around and started for the spot where we had picnicked when suddenly there was a piercing whinny from behind us. We all stopped our horses and spun around to look at the trees.
Just then a wild horse burst into the clearing. He came to a halt and stared at us. Seven wild mares came out of the trees to stand beside him. The stud reared up and pawed the air. Then he dropped to the ground and with his mares, they raced paced us and out of sight.
"Wow." I said.
"The first wild horses we've seen!" Kim exclaimed.
"Their beautiful." Eliza whispered.
"Ya." Agreed Sara. Suddenly, Angel bolted after the wild horses. It caught me off guard but I managed to stay in the saddle.
"Whoo! Angel!!! Whoooo!!!" I yelled. I pulled back on the reigns but she didn't stop. She just kept racing after the mustangs. I could hear horses racing behind us.
"Hold on!!!" Eliza's voice screamed after us. I gripped the reigns and hopped Angel would slow down. She was running full out.
"Whooo!!!" I yelled. Up ahead was a small stream. I prepared myself to jump over it with Angel.
But... just before the flowing water, Angel came to a sudden halt. I flew up over her head and landed on the other side of the stream.
"Ooww." I grimaced as I sat up. I had landed on a clump of rocks and a sharp pain pierced through my left arm. My head felt dizzy. I opened my eyes and saw stars. I squeezed my eyes closed.
"Celia! Are you hurt?" Eliza's voice came right beside me. I snapped my eyes open and saw my 3 sisters kneeling or squatting around me.
"I'll be alright ." I shook my head to clear it. Kim gasped.
"Celia! You have a black eye and your arm is swollen!" She exclaimed. I sighed.
"Oh great." I mumbled. Sara suddenly let out a scream.
" Bears!!! She shrieked, pointing off in the direction we had just come from. Charging towards us were 2 large black bears.
"Oh crap!!" Eliza freaked out. We scrambled up from the ground. My head spun but I ignored it. The bears were getting closer and the sound of them growling madly could now be heard.
"Get onto your horses!!" I ordered my sisters. We jumped across the stream and went to grab our horses when suddenly Destiny, Pearl, and Aurora all took off, racing away from the bears. Angel stood still next to me.
"Come back here!!" Sara and Kim screamed.
"Come on get onto Angel!" Eliza said. Kim and Sara scrambled up. Then Eliza and then me... There wasn't much room to put my butt. Angel took off at a fast paced gallop. The...